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London's best Lebanese restaurants

From meze to mixed grills and classic Lebanese dishes

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Time Out London Food & Drink
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Leonie Cooper
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Whether you're looking for a Middle Eastern feast or a range of light Lebanese treats, we've gathered up our favourite restaurants and cafés in London doing a great trade in meze, mixed grills, and classic Lebanese dishes. Try Kenza if you're after a truly palatial experience or Comptoir Libanais for a bustling and bright canteen. Less trad is Le Bab, who have jazzed up the Lebanese kebab blueprint. Here, fillings change with the seasons, with preserved, charred and fermented ingredients. 

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The best Lebanese restaurants in London

  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Notting Hill

From the specially commissioned calligraphy to the top-notch Lebanese cooking, it’s authenticity all the way at this long-established and buzzy Westbourne Grove stalwart. Fans of meze will be delighted by Al Waha’s diverse selection, which spans everything from bright, lemony foul moukala (fried broad beans) to warmly flavoured moujadara – a comforting mix of rice and lentils, topped with crisp caramelised onion. Meaty grills, endless supplies of puffed-up bread and some punchy Lebanese wines complete the offer.

  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Marylebone

Part of chain, this wildly popular Lebanese canteen/takeaway/deli is an almost frenetically bustling and bright enterprise, filled with glitzy, colourful designs by Beirut designer Rana Salam. CL’s punchy looks and casual vibes are matched by a menu that ranges from deli-style pre-mixed salads, flatbreads and wraps to tagines, grills and marinated chicken with pomegranate molasses and walnuts. To drink, don’t miss the homemade lemonades. There are branches scattered across town, from Kingston-upon-Thames to London Bridge. 

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Kenza
  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Liverpool Street
  • price 3 of 4

Lebanese restaurants don’t come more palatial than this seductive spot just off Devonshire Square. Set up by the guy behind the Comptoir Libanais chain, Kenza signals its intentions with flickering flames, scattered rose petals, water features and mosaics, while the party vibe peaks at the weekends with live music and belly dancing. As for the food, expect home-style dishes built for sharing – we like the lavish mashawy feast crowned by a tiered platter of fresh fruit, Turkish delight and mint tea.

Le Bab
  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Just about every fast-food classic has been given the ‘gourmet’ treatment of late, and now it’s the turn of the much-abused kebab. Le Bab’s owners have taken the Lebanese blueprint, splashed on some Asian influences and given their posh offerings a modish Scandinavian look (they’re actually served ‘open’ on house-made flatbread, like mutated smørrebrød). Fillings change seasonally, with preserved and fermented ingredients adding to the Nordic vibe. Also check out Maison Bab in Covent Garden.

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  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Tooting

Following the huge success of its pokey original branch by Tooting Bec tube station, Meza’s second coming is now the go-to for Lebanese meze and grilled meats in Tooting itself. The same standards apply (welcoming service, low prices), but there’s more space – and you can book. They do very decent kebabs, but we prefer their little grazing dishes for variety and zing – from crisp-shelled falafels and stuffed vine leaves to deep-fried Lebanese pastries and garlicky grilled chicken wings. 

Beit el Zaytoun
  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Park Royal

A vibrant Mediterranean restaurant in Harlesden that serves up Lebanese food and has a really cosy-looking snug at the back, en route to the riverside garden. If you go in the morning you can enjoy breakfast items like labneh, eggs and balilah (lemon and chickpeas), while later in the day you can get your hands on hot and cold mezze, salads, kebab platters, burgers and wraps. Cakes, crepes and ice cream is on offer for those with a sweet tooth.

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  • Restaurants
  • Lebanese
  • Fitzrovia
  • price 2 of 4

Cosy vibes, faultless service and terrific food seal the deal at this modish self-styled purveyor of ‘Beirut street food’. Lunchtimes are mega-busy as crowds pile in for its takeaway wraps; otherwise, sit at one of the long faux-rustic tables and graze from the all-day line-up of mezze and charcoal grills – with some Arabic bread, olives and torshi (pickles) on the side, plus a cup of refreshing mint tea or pomegranate juice to quench the thirst. There’s an offshoot in Soho.  

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